As a fun way to wrap up our hard work in writing fiction, we held a special Author’s Party in our class today. The students seemed to enjoy reading each other’s stories and were very proud of their efforts.
There were stories of camping disasters, auditioning for a play, overcoming losing hair due to childhood cancer, playing baseball, soccer-playing dogs, dance competitions, and so much more! I enjoyed reading them all and hope you continue to look for new and interesting things to write about. You have so much to say!
As we move further into writing our Realistic Fiction drafts, we have revisited the writing strategy called Show, Don’t Tell.
So, what is Show, Don’t Tell? Watch the video below to find out!
After several examples and some practice work at home, too, students partnered with a buddy in class and looked closely at their own writing to find at least 1 example where applying the strategy would help bump up their work.
Students have been busily writing their opinions on various topics. We brainstormed ‘hot topics‘. Some of the ideas that were generated in our class included:
should our school have a junior/intermediate playground?
should our school have a pool?
should animals be kept in zoos?
do boys and girls have equal ability when it comes to sports?
should there be year round schooling
We are learning to structure our writing with an opening sentence clearly stating our opinion followed by 3 reasons why we believe it to be so. Finally, we finish with a concluding sentence, restating our opinion.
Have a look below at the students engaged in a sharing activity called “Inside/Outside Circle” where the outside circle rotates and the inside circle stays. Students share their paragraph and receive feedback on their work.
What’s something you feel very strongly FOR or AGAINST?
Our students are thrilled to have pen-pals this year. We are partnered with a Grade 3 class from Texas. Our students brainstormed, drafted, and wrote their good copy of their very first pen-pal letter and also drew a picture to accompany the letter. We learned about the parts that make up a letter and how to properly address an envelope. Our letters should arrive in Texas on Tuesday. I will ask Mrs. J for her to take a picture of her class opening our parcel and reading our letters!
We are super excited to receive letters in return! We hope they arrive before Christmas.
As we gear up forChristmas, our days are filled with plenty of learning, discussion, and activity. Students talk about their Elf on the Shelf, what their plans are for Christmas, decorating their tree, and get excited as we being to play Christmas music.
Check out our students in action in various subject areas over the past few weeks.
playing “Dueling Flipcharts” as we learn about common nouns
running out of time!
Buster the Bus was here
Angles hunt around the classroom.
Students noticed an obtuse angle made by the doc cam
As we wrapped up our narrative unit, students were asked to work with a partner to share their work and use criteria to help them ensure their peer has all the important ingredients in their story. Students worked together to analyze the writing and see where they can bump it up!
We can’t wait to share our published stories with you!
In Writing Workshop, students have been working hard to create leads for their personal narrative.We’ve learned different ways to begin our story including describing the setting, using dialogue, or even writing an action. A lead helps your reader get into your story. It needs to ‘hook‘ your reader so they want to keep on reading!
Here, students are sharing their 2 leads with a partner and using their partner to help them decide which one is stronger.
We can learn a lot from what we call ‘mentor texts‘ which are texts written by published authors. Students listened to several examples of leads written by authors they are familiar with (ie. Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White, Ramona Quimby author Beverley Cleary). We can use these authors to help show us what are things that WE can try, too!
Do you have a lead of your own or from an author you like that really ‘hooked’ you to keep on reading? If so, please share it with us!
Mike really tried to make the students understand that truly anyone can be a writer. He only started writing in his early 40s and is now in his 50s. You can start writing at any age! He also stressed the importance of revision. He said the average number of times he revises is 7 times. Wow!
Mike has now written a total of 13 books and luckily our class has them all! Our school library does too. His stories are suitable for anyone who likes a good laugh. His characters, Gordon, Paulo, and I are always up for challenges and anything that sounds like trouble!
If you’ve never read a Mike Wade book, give it a try! You won’t regret it.